Aug. 6, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team has released its schedule for the 2013-14 season, head coach Bruce Berque announced today (Tuesday, Aug. 6). During the dual-match season, the Wolverines will square off against 14 teams that qualified for the postseason last season, including seven teams that finished in the top 25 of the final ITA rankings.
"It has always been a priority of ours to put together a schedule featuring a strong level of competition, and I believe this season's schedule reflects that goal," Berque said. " In particular, I am really excited about our home schedule. We have always had a great home atmosphere thanks to tremendous support from our fans, and I really think they will enjoy the caliber of competition this season at the Varsity Tennis Center."
Michigan will host 16 dual matches at the VTC during the 2013-14 campaign, beginning with a day-night doubleheader against Western Michigan (9 a.m.) and Toledo (7 p.m.) on Saturday, Jan. 18. Highlighting U-M's non-conference schedule is a stretch of six consecutive matches at the VTC during the month of February against teams that qualified for the postseason, including home encounters against Texas (Feb. 7), Duke (Feb. 9) and Vanderbilt (Feb. 23).
For the sixth straight season, the Wolverines will compete in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, traveling to Oxford, Miss., to take on Mississippi (Jan. 25) and either Illinois or Clemson (Jan. 26). The winner of the four-team regional will move on to the National Team Indoor Championships (Feb. 14-17) in Houston, Texas.
Michigan will open its Big Ten slate with a home match against in-state rival Michigan State on Feb. 28 and begin its conference road schedule in Columbus, Ohio, against archrival Ohio State on March 21. This year's Big Ten Tournament will be held at Michigan State (April 24-27), with NCAA Tournament action beginning May 9-11 at campus sites. The remainder of the NCAA Tournament (May 16-20) and the individual tournaments (May 21-26) will be held at the University of Georgia.
The fall individual season officially kicks off Sept. 20 in Charlottesville, Va., with the UVA Ranked +1 Invitational, the first of several tournaments in which members of the Wolverines will participate before the New Year.
The Wolverines finished up the 2012-13 season with a 16-10 record, including a 9-2 mark in Big Ten play, and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship match for the first time in program history.
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